Design

Are Media Rooms Really Necessary?

Are Media Rooms Really Necessary?

We just read a study that said basement media rooms are on the decline. It seems that just a few years ago the media room was all the rage and every new home had to have a “man cave” or at least a room that was dedicated to gaming and/or […]

Lowe’s Designer Challenge for Charity

Lowe’s Designer Challenge for Charity

Last week we were invited back to New York to attend a sneak preview of Lowe’s Designer Challenge. Last year’s Lowe’s event with Nate Berkus was such a huge hit we knew they would hit the mark again and they did. We arrived at the Chelsea Arts Tower on the […]

Our Favorite Finds from ICFF

Our Favorite Finds from ICFF

This was the first time we’ve attended the International Contemporary Furniture Fair and we found it fascinating. It’s held at the Jacob Javits center in New York which is a huge tradeshow complex on the Westside. The beautiful furniture and products on display made walking the aisle a joy and […]

The CSYS LED Desklamp from Jake Dyson

The CSYS LED Desklamp from Jake Dyson

I’m back in New York this week and have had the pleasure to attend a couple of events and visit with some old friends and colleagues. It’s also the first time we’ve traveled with our 8-month old son and he’s been awesome. We have kept him on West coast time […]

Justin Timberlake – The Next Interior Design Star?

Justin Timberlake – The Next Interior Design Star?

We were invited to preview a collection called HomeMint curated by Estee Stanely and Justin Timberlake. Ms. Stanley is a well-known interior designer but this is new territory for Mr. Timberlake who is better known as an entertainer/musician. It turns out he’s got an eye for this and the HomeMint […]

Kohler Underscore VibrAcoustic Bath

Kohler Underscore VibrAcoustic Bath

Last year Kohler brought us the ultimate toilet with the NUMI and at this years Kitchen and Bath Show they are introducing VibrAcoustic technology on their Underscore bath line. What is “VibrAcoustic”? It is what it sounds like. “Enhanced technology-based baths integrate music, water vibration and lights” Sound divine right? […]

Keurig Vue Single Serve Coffee Maker Review

Keurig Vue Single Serve Coffee Maker Review

Our thirst for coffee knows no bounds. We’ve accumulated all types of coffee makers from Bodum vacuum, French Press, Aero Press, Bosch Tassimo, and Keurig Platinum K-Cup. They all offer distinct pros and cons but lately we’ve been using our Keurig on a daily basis. The variety of coffee and […]

New Baby, New Carpet – A Stainmaster Solarmax Makeover

New Baby, New Carpet – A Stainmaster Solarmax Makeover

Our friend Janis was recently blessed with the birth of a baby boy who is only one month older than our son which means we’ve already got the perfect playmate. She lives down the street from us in a one-bedroom condo and shares her apartment with her dog Sake. Janis […]

Imagine a New Garage Door

Imagine a New Garage Door

We’ve explored the financial advantages for upgrading your garage door as well the abundance of new designs and materials available, so now it’s time to start shopping for a garage door. Your local Home Depot can be an easy place to start your search but we recommend visiting a garage […]

Discovering Portland…All Over Again

Discovering Portland…All Over Again

We lived in Seattle 14 years ago and loved it! It was our first year of marriage and we chose Seattle as a fresh start. We knew no one and wanted to live in a place completely different from the desert climate of the Southwest where we had been raised. […]

What’s New In Garage Door Designs and Materials

What’s New In Garage Door Designs and Materials

Earlier this month we discovered that a garage door replacement can net on average a 71% cost return on resale and is one of the top 5 home exterior improvements that give you the most bang for your buck. If you’ve decided to take the plunge and replace your aging/ugly […]

Door to Door: The Most Bang For Your Buck Is A Garage Door Upgrade

Door to Door: The Most Bang For Your Buck Is A Garage Door Upgrade

We are always looking for ways to bump up the curb appeal of our home and when Clopay approached us about sharing some interesting new products that do just that, we had to take a look. But first we wanted to know what a garage door manufacturer knew about increasing […]

Domino Magazine is Back…As Domino Quick Fixes

Domino Magazine is Back…As Domino Quick Fixes

We were all puzzled when Domino magazine closed three years ago. They kept the online archives available through Brides.com but that was just awkward and we were stuck with the loss of another beloved shelter title. We just got word from Susan Portnoy, VP of Digital Strategy at Conde Nast, […]

5 Design Tips from Nate Berkus That You Can’t Live Without

5 Design Tips from Nate Berkus That You Can’t Live Without

One of our highlights this year was attending a media event sponsored by Lowe’s and Valspar and hosted by Nate Berkus. It was a very intimate setting and only about fifteen of us were invited and Nate spent the afternoon sharing a bit about himself and his design process as […]

Need A Weekend Project? Create A Desktop Chalkboard Panel

Need A Weekend Project? Create A Desktop Chalkboard Panel

Creating a perfectly functional workspace can take some time. It all starts with the desk, which provides the surface and space you need to be productive and/or creative. If you’re like me, you might keep a notepad nearby to jot ideas, reminders and the occasional doodle. Instead of paper, however, […]

Artisan Cabinet Hardware Now at The Home Depot

Artisan Cabinet Hardware Now at The Home Depot

If you’re seeking artisan cabinet hardware you need look no further than The Home Depot where Liberty Hardware will be debuting their special line created by a glass artist from Michigan and a blacksmith from North Carolina. Tomorrow November 12th, Liberty Hardware will be introducing this new line to the […]

Cool Kitchen Find: A Cheese Grater Chandelier

Cool Kitchen Find: A Cheese Grater Chandelier

Restaurants are great places in which to get bursts of inspiration for your own kitchen. You may not necessarily replicate the inventive idea, but maybe it sparks another project that adds a similar functionality or aesthetic to your own kitchen space. When we saw the cheese grater chandelier featured on […]

Building A Bridge Between Two Homes

Building A Bridge Between Two Homes

Some people are incredibly invested in their private space. Maybe it’s a cozy nook for reading, a sumptuous bathroom made for spa-like relaxing or a well-lit office that’s conducive to long bursts of productivity. Of course, some people need a little more space. And if you’re one of them, you’ll […]

Kohler Numi: Would You Buy A $6,500 Toilet?

Kohler Numi: Would You Buy A $6,500 Toilet?

When we say a $6,500 toilet, we’re talking specifically about Kohler’s Numi toilet. And you’re probably shaking your head in disbelief as you read the title of this post, right? But stay with us. We’re not necessarily advocating a splurge of this size, but when you hear more about this […]

Searching For Inventive Wall Art? Try Ixxi!

Searching For Inventive Wall Art? Try Ixxi!

It’s confession time, C&H readers. When I was younger, I used to unabashedly decorate my bedroom walls using posters pulled from magazines and Scotch tape. Lots and lots of tape. I may or may not have drawn a few designs on my wall using puff paint, too. As you can […]

Heart Home Debuts As The U.K.’s First Digital Shelter Magazine

Heart Home Debuts As The U.K.’s First Digital Shelter Magazine

Since shelter magazines took quite a blow courtesy of a rocky economy, we love that a number of digital home magazines continue to launch. Sure, we miss the tactile experience of reading a magazine like Domino or Blueprint, but we love the ability to click on links and products featured […]

Get A Sneak Peek At 2012 Flooring Trends

Get A Sneak Peek At 2012 Flooring Trends

2011 is slowly winding down (eeeekkk!!), so that means we’ll start to see more trend forecasts emerge for 2012. If you’re considering a flooring purchase within the next several months, we’ve got a sneak peek at next year’s flooring trends thanks to Shelley Pond’s post on the official SURFACES/StonExpo Blog. […]